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Release Date: November 7th, 2003

DVD Release Date: March 23rd, 2004

R|1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary
Hospitalized for a severe skin disease, a bitter writer (Robert Downey Jr.) imagines he is the gumshoe from his novel.

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robin Wright, Mel Gibson, Jeremy Northam, Katie Holmes, Adrien Brody, Jon Polito, Carla Gugino

Director: Keith Gordon

Genres: Musical, Drama

Production Co: Haft Entertainment, Icon Entertainment International

Distributors: Paramount Pictures, Airborne Productions Inc.

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  • I had the sense that Gordon's ambitious, if awkwardly assembled, film had so many terrific ingredients that he felt compelled to use them all. In this case, alas, more is less. show more

  • Keith Gordon's brave attempt to make cinematic sense of Potter's 1986 BBC mini "The Singing Detective" at least has the advantage of a screenplay finished by Potter before his death. But problems of style and tone bedevil the earnest effort. show more

  • Downey is undone by a woefully amateurish production that, sadly and ironically, looks like a cheap TV show.

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